Computer hardware engineers develop computer hardware and systems, designing products such as computer chips, circuit boards, modems, and printers, among others. They assess the needs of their clients or organization related to computer hardware systems, recommending hardware that will fill that need. Computer hardware engineers create designs for hardware, developing options that include cost estimates and logistical details. During the development process, these engineers analyze and test hardware, helping resolve any problems that arise. Computer hardware engineers must be able to recommend inspections and suggest any modifications that would increase systems' performance. They review systems with colleagues to ensure they meet all relevant specifications and standards.
Computer hardware engineers generally must have at least a bachelor's degree in computer engineering, electrical engineering, or a related field. A master's degree may be required or preferred based on their organization's needs. Computer hardware engineers must be creative, effective problem solvers, and excellent communicators. These professionals generally work full time in an office setting during regular business hours, although alternative and/or additional hours may be necessary depending on their employer's needs.
Computer Hardware Engineer Tasks
Research, design, develop, and test computer or computer-related equipment.
Provide technical support to team members.
Define and coordinate corrective action changes.
Write documentation and test specifications.